The ACCC alleged the 2016 notification was misleading because it did not adequately inform consumers about these changes, and launched legal action against Google in July 2020.
ACCC Acting Chair Delia Rickard said the regulator “will now carefully consider the judgment”.
But the Federal Court hasn’t found in favour of Google over its personal data use, hitting the company with $60 million in penalties for making misleading representations to consumers about the collection and use of their personal location data on Android phones.
That case was also also instigated by the ACCC, which took Google to court in October 2019 over the use of location data collected through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018, in a world-first enforcement action.
In April last year, the court found that Google and its local subsidiary, Google Australia, misled consumers about its use of personal location data, breaching Australian Consumer Law, in a landmark legal decision.
The consumer watchdog had been scrutinising the tech company and its parent business, Alphabet, as part of the former government’s Digital Platforms Inquiry.